Lance Mason enters not guilty plea in ex-wife’s stabbing death

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker charged in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday on aggravated murder and other charges.

Lance Mason appeared via video arraignment Tuesday in Cuyahoga County court, where he was a judge before he was imprisoned nine months for assaulting his then-wife several years ago. Bond was set at $5 million.

The 51-year-old Mason was taken into custody after authorities found Aisha Fraser dead November 17 at a Shaker Heights home. Mason's sister told a 911 dispatcher that Mason stabbed Fraser.

Mason has been in custody on a felonious assault charge for a subsequent crash into a police cruiser as he allegedly fled.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.